Dates & programme of the Carnival in Basel
7 - 9 March 2022
In 2021, the Carnival in Basel (Fasnacht) will be a little different from the major event that we know and love. Events like the Cortège, the Kids’ Carnival and the Guggenkonzert will not take place in 2021. Public health and safety, as well as the combat of the coronavirus, will be the top priority when planning the other Fasnacht activities.
On Tuesday afternoon, the city centre is again caught up in the hustle and bustle of Fasnacht, but now it’s the children’s turn. In small groups, kids accompanied by parents, grandparents, and other grown-ups practise the traditions of Fasnacht. Dressed in imaginative costumes and equipped with drums, musical instruments, and small handcarts they roam the streets, distribute Dääfeli (sweets) and Zeedel, witty leaflets they’ve written themselves, and shower the spectators with Räppli. In turn, adults, too, make use of the day to celebrate carnival unconstrained by the strict schedule of the cortège, in loose formations and wearing their favourite personal mask and costume.
On Tuesday evening, the town is in the hands of the Guggenmusik bands. A part of the roughly 60 brass bands equipped with ear-shattering trumpets, trombones, tubas, drums, kettledrums, and cymbals convene at Exhibition Square around 6.30pm. From there they parade through Clarastrasse towards the city centre and the three large squares (Barfüsserplatz, Marktplatz, and Claraplatz) where they perform on specially erected stages. The popular and eagerly awaited Gugge* concerts are staged between 7.30 and 10.30pm but most of the bands also play before and after the main event in restaurants and on squares across town. On this evening, the piper and drummers give way to the Guggenmusik* bands and retreat to the small alleys away from the main streets and squares.